Sierra Club Weighs in on Presque Isle Power Plant Joint Ownership

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Sierra Club weighs in on Presque Isle Power PlantMARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News)The Sierra Club is weighing in on yesterday’s announcement of the joint ownership of the Presque Isle Power Plant in Marquette.

Representative Tiffany Hartung said, burning coal at the Presque Isle power plant has affected families in Marquette for almost 50 years and installing emission controls to protect clean air is an important step for protecting public health in Michigan.

However, WE Energies and Wolverine Power Cooperative’s decision to spend millions of dollars on continued dependence on coal is shortsighted.  Hartung added that using that money to instead make investments in clean, renewable energy like wind and solar could provide clean air and a sustainable clean energy economy in the Upper Peninsula.

The Sierra Club says with the cost of coal on the rise and Michigan families shouldering the burden in rates and health costs, they will continue to pressure WE Energies and Wolverine Power Cooperative to invest in clean energy options.

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